Iran has threatened to punish the West for imposing new sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he plans to delay talks and warned that inspections of Iranian ships could provoke retaliation.
He did not, however, elaborate or specify what kind of action could be taken.
His comments come after the head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, said sanctions could cause economic problems for Tehran but probably wouldn’t derail their ambitions.
“The United States believes Iran has enough low-enriched uranium now for two weapons but Iran would have to enrich it first. And we would estimate that if they made that decision, it would probably take a year to get there, probably another year to develop the kind of weapons delivery system in order to make that viable,” Panetta said.
But the Central Intelligence Agency’s suspicions are in themselves cause for concern for Russia’s President.
Speaking after the G8 and G20 summits, Dmitry Medvedev said the information needs to be checked and confirmed because if it is true, the issue would require special attention.“
Iran has admitted having some partially enriched uranium, in defiance of UN efforts to halt its atomic programme, which Tehran insists is needed only to power a medical research reactor.
Iran threatens West over new sanctions